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Upgrade the memory of your 2020 iMac up to 128GB
Upgrade the memory of your 2020 iMac up to 128GB

2020 iMac 5K: Helicon Focus

re: recommended Macs for photographers and videographers
re: 2020 iMac 5K: Recommended Models and Accessories.

MPG tested the 2020 iMac 5K 3.6 GHz Intel Core i9 10-core / 128GB / 2TB / Radeon 5700. Smart move: buy with 8GB memory, then add 64GB or 128GB OWC memory to save a ton on memory cost (same memory as 2019 iMac 5K).

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2019 iMac 5K

Helicon Focus and Zerene Stacker are both excellent for focus stacking but Helicon Focus is dramatically faster to do the stack. However, Helicon Focus I have found requires more touch-up work (which can take minutes to hours!), so I do all my work in Zerene Stacker to minimize the use of my time.

Still, for a super fast way to see how a stack is going to work out, Helicon Focus is so fast that it‘s very useful for a quick look. And it’s also possible that somehow I have missed a way to use Helicon Focus with fewer edge artifact issues.

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CLICK TO VIEW: Recommended iMac 5K (buy OWC memory separately)

Results

The 2019 Mac Pro rocks, with its 28 CPU cores.

The 2020 iMac 5K handily beats the 2019 iMac 5K by more than expected—unclear why but Helicon Focus shows a lot of variability in its time. Fastest result shown for each.

This stack uses 20 16-bit 45-megapixel images from the Nikon D850. See Nikon D850 'Focus Shift shooting' feature for Easy Focus Stacking.

2020 iMac 5K vs 2019 iMac 5K, 2019 Mac Pro: focus stacking in Zerene Stacker
2020 iMac 5K
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